Each April, the Academy of American Poets celebrates National Poetry Month in the following ways:

  • We offer the Dear Poet project to help teachers and students engage with the art of poetry in a meaningful way. 
  • We commission an artist to create an official National Poetry Month poster, which we distribute free of charge to over 120,000 teachers, librarians, and booksellers nationwide. 
  • We provide resources, including downloadable poems, for National Poem in Your Pocket Day.
  • We publish and distribute a new poem every day through Poem-a-Day.
  • We host range of special events and readings in April, including our star-studded annual Poetry & the Creative Mind event.
  • We act as the official source for news and information about National Poetry Month.
  • We offer inspiration and resources for celebrating National Poetry Month on the local level, including tips for teachers and tips for librarians. (Share tips from your own celebrations by emailing or tweeting them to @POETSorg using #npm17.)
  • We ensure that poetry gains national attention in the media each April by sending press releases to editors and journalists across the country. As a result, thousands of articles about poetry appear in newspapers, magazines, and online media outlets.

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